OHCA Spring Expo

Live Virtual Event: April 14-15, 2021

  • Virtual event access begins April 7, 2021
  • Live sessions will be recorded for OnDemand access and will be available April 19 through May 31, 2021.

Attendee Registration

Register for Spring Expo
  • Provider Pricing:
    • OHCA Members: $139/person
    • Non-Members: $239/person
  • Business partners can attend as sponsors or exhibitors. View options here.

About the Virtual Spring Expo Experience

The entire team at the Oregon Health Care Association thanks you and your teams for the exceptional work you are providing to your residents during this unprecedented time. With the widespread COVID-19 vaccination in progress, we hope that 2021 will enable our sector to get back to some sort of normalcy, though the “new normal” sector activities and challenges may look quite different than they did pre-pandemic. With a focus on finding joy and positivity in our new normal, this two-day virtual experience is packed with expert presentations, training, and new best practices you can use to make immediate improvements to efficiency, quality of care, and resident satisfaction in your community as you consider the “new normal” and what it will bring to your organization’s operations and provision of care.

The OHCA Virtual Spring Expo is an interactive, educational event. We look forward to your participation!

The event will consist of:

  • Live virtual presentations, April 14 and 15
    • This content will be recorded for OnDemand access beginning on April 19
  • Breakout session collaboration rooms where attendees can join OHCA in conversations about the timeliest topics affecting our sector and operational roundtable sharing
  • Exhibitor educational conversations during the Trade Show

In addition, attendees can:

  • Earn up to 8 CEU credits
  • Earn prizes by attending the live virtual presentations, the breakout session collaboration rooms, and exhibitor educational conversations during the Trade Show


LiveStream Keynotes and General Sessions

April 14 and 15 will feature LiveStream educational sessions on some of the timeliest education with dynamic presenters! We encourage you to join us live during the conference dates; however, the LiveStream sessions will be recorded for later access.

Interact with the presenters, sponsors, and other attendees through the audience response system and chat features.

The Companionship Culture: Resident/Caregiver Engagement Through Life Stories

Presented by Jerald Cosey, NF Executive Director and Professional Speaker

Wednesday, April 14 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has compounded realities for the senior healthcare community. This epidemic has galvanized the industry and required professional and personal sacrifice. In this motivational session, attendees will uncover strategies designed to improve engagement through intentional relationships between residents and staff and overcome isolation in our senior population. Through the power of storytelling, this engaging keynote will reignite your calling to serve as a senior healthcare professional.

Nimble Thinking: Planning for and Managing Through a Crisis

Claudia Blumenstock, LNHA Founder and CEO, Copernicus, Inc.
Ellen Bartoldus, Healthcare Consultant, Copernicus, Inc.

Wednesday, April 14 – 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

COVID-19 has presented a situation that forces us to think more adeptly, move with greater agility, and respond more quickly when faced with a major threat to our residents, staff, and economic stability. Developing a mindset that creates this type of dexterity will be critical as potential recurring or unfamiliar challenges loom. As we face this “new normal” we must anticipate and plan for the unexpected. This interactive session provides approaches that help leaders enhance their critical thinking skills in developing solutions and remove obstacles that emerge during a crisis. This session will examine the differences between a distinct emergency and an ongoing crisis, providing tools for sustaining energy and clear thinking for the duration. The presenters will provide opportunities to breakdown personal barriers that impact how we react and respond to crises, and identify the necessary skills to observe and anticipate the signs of potential threats that can impact your facility.

Managing Communications: Engaging Your Team for Stronger Communication

Presented by Jason Gornto, PhD, Leadership and Management Consultant, Custom Training Solutions, LLC 

Wednesday, April 14 – 11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

There are so many ways to communicate! Now, more than ever, it is vital we choose the right method for the right message. We can easily miss the mark due to generational differences and personal experiences. This session will help you manage your team, residents, families, and other stakeholders more effectively by matching the message to the method. Engage your organization in stronger communication virtually and in-person.

Workforce Wake-Up Call

Presented by Cara Siletto, President and Chief Retention Officer, Magnet Culture

Thursday, April 15 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Employee turnover was a costly challenge before the pandemic, but overtime, labor costs and growing workloads are now beyond our imagination. Frustration and exhaustion are understandable, and busyness may be preventing managers from effectively building connections with their teams. In this session, workforce strategist, Cara Silletto, will help leaders avoid this detrimental disconnect by providing strategies for building a strong, retention-focused culture where everyone from senior leaders down to the front-line feel valued. When bosses know their people, it creates a place where people want to work!

The National Perspective on the New Normal: The Future of Senior Living in a Post-COVID World

Presented by David Gifford, American Healthcare Association

Thursday, April 15 – 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

More than a year into the pandemic experience, long term care professionals have learned more about the virus and effective strategies for care and safety. This session will discuss what the profession has learned on a national level and what the new normal will look like in the post-vaccination era.

This session will:

  • Assess how symptom-based approach to infection control can be ineffective
  • Describe which highly reliable infection control practices are here to stay
  • Review the how core practices of tracking and monitoring practices are part of the new normal

A State Perspective on The New Normal: Navigating the Post-COVID Regulatory Environment

Presented by Jack Honey, Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Safety, Quality and Oversight

Thursday, April 15 – 11:15 a.m. – noon

During this session, a panel of program directors and survey teams from the Department of Human Services Office of Safety, Oversight and Quality will discuss the current regulatory environment, including but not limited to, state survey expectations, ongoing family visitation restrictions, policy updates, and more. Attendees will be able to interact and submit questions using the question/answer section of the Live Stream platform.

The Fight to End Alzheimer’s: The Latest in Alzheimer’s Research and Policy Efforts

Presented by Sara Kofman, Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon and Jennifer Pollack, Alzheimer’s Association National

Thursday, April 15 – 12:25 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The Provider Perspective on the New Normal: The Transition Period

Presented by Zach Fogg, Marquis Companies and Sarah Silva, Avamere Health Services

Thursday, April 15 – 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

With the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, many providers, residents, and families are experiencing the feeling of hope that life and operations will get back to normal. Realistically, normal operations will be different than pre-COVID operations.  In this presentation, a panel of providers will discuss preparing for the future on our “new normal” as providers.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Discussion about the pandemic transition period: state and federal mandates are still in place, but many residents and staff have been vaccinated
  • Long-term strategic planning during the pandemic transition period
  • The reintroduction of families back into communities as mandates are changing
  • New infection control protocols
  • Transitioning from a COVID-focus back to compliance and quality improvement focus

Your Association Perspective on the New Normal: OHCA Member Support Highlights

Presented by Phil Bentley, Linda Kirschbaum, Gwen Dayton, and Libby Batlan, OHCA

Thursday, April 15 – 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

In this session, OHCA program staff will give updates on the current status of the regulatory and political environment in Oregon, including an advocacy update on the 2021 virtual legislative session. Attendees will have an opportunity to address concerns and questions directly with OHCA leaders.

Breakout Session Collaboration Rooms

Wednesday, April 14 – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join your peers for interactive presentations and collaborative discussions surrounding the toughest challenges that providers are facing.  Through our virtual event platform, join a virtual chat room (no downloads required), to share best practices and lessons learned.

Sessions include:

  • Legal aspects of vaccines and staff updake
  • Successful Translons of care (Involuntary Move-Outs)
  • And more

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

As always, we’re giving away fun prizes during the event! Exhibitors and sponsors will be hosting giveaways during trade show and there will be prize drawings during the other event activities. Stay engaged throughout the entire Spring Expo event for opportunities to win!

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Reserve Your Sponsorship

View all sponsorship and exhibitor details in our 2021 Sponsorship Guide.

Please contact Rosie Ward at rward@ohca.com, with questions or assistance securing your sponsorship or exhibit.

Thank you to the event sponsors and exhibitors who are enabling us to host this timely and important event!

Current event sponsors and exhibitors:

  • Alliance Insurance Group
  • BOK Financial
  • Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal
  • Consonus Healthcare
  • HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
  • Incite Strategic Partners
  • Infinity Rehab
  • KPD Insurance, Inc.
  • Metro West Ambulance, Inc.
  • Oregon Care Partners
  • Performance Systems Integration
  • SAIF Corporation
  • Select Rehabilitation, LLC
  • Sounds Telemedicine
  • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
  • TridentCare
  • Yardi